My Name is Asher Lev is a homework unit only. There are four homework prompts, each given roughly one week apart. Students spend the week reading at their leisure before writing a two page response to the prompt.
The Asher Lev unit is perfect for those times in the year when giving homework with the in-class lesson could prove problematic. For instance, my students read Asher Lev at the same time we are working on Romeo and Juliet in class. Romeo and Juliet is not the type of reading I can comfortably assign for homework because many of my students struggle to understand much of what's being said in the play. Therefore all reading and analysis takes place in my presence and with my support. Nevertheless, I still want my students reading at home. Asher Lev is the perfect novel in that regard because students very much identify with the its protagonist and want to know his ultimate fate. Which means students want to finish the novel. I have great success with Asher Lev. Great class discussions come of it, and I get a high percentage of well written, well analyzed homeworks turned in each week.